Re: Not-So-Ancient History (was Re: Maybe a corny idea ...)
On 17 May 2002 21:04:09 -0500 Ron Johnson <email@example.com> wrote:
On Fri, 2002-05-17 at 20:05, Soul Computer wrote:
> Maybe this is a bad idea, but I thought that
> since Linux is the original multi-user,
> multitasking operating system for the PC, it
Fat chance. MP/M (the multi-user variant of CP/M was
running on 8080s & Z-80s (8 bit processors!!) back in the
early '80's (and maybe even late '70's). Does remembering
North* and Cromemco make a dinosaur? Surely, being a mainframe
COBOL programmer does...)
Back when MSFT was small, it sold Xenix (a cut-down Unix
derivative for the 80286 (and maybe 8086) and M68000) in the
When the '386 came out (1986), a few ATT-licensees (including
SCO) brought Unix to the PC. (Did ATT put Unix on the 6300? I
know the 7300 (aka Unix PC, aka 3B1), but it ran on the 68K.)
The Mark Williams Co brought out Coherent in the late '80s. It
was ATT-free, and even had an X Windows. (Even at $50, it
couldn't compete with Linux...)
Of course, we can't forget Minix, who's limitations spurred
Linus to which would become greatness.
I'm sure I've left something out...
Thanks for the history. I appreciate it ...
Anyway, to date myself, I used a Honeywell DPS 6.
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